The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Okanagan, B.C. edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in B.C.’s Okanagan region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Community resources in the Okanagan region

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Okanagan area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Mental health

Interior Crisis Line Network
1-888-353-2273 (C.A.R.E.)
https://www.crisislines.bc.ca/interior

BC Crisis Line
24/7 support
1-888-353-2273

Okanagan Mental Health Services Society
https://www.okanaganmentalhealth.com/

Mental Health Services
(Interior Health)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourCare/MentalHealthSubstanceUse/MentalHealth/Pages/default.aspx

Canadian Mental Health Association – South Okanagan Similkameen
https://sos.cmha.bc.ca/

Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna
https://cmhakelowna.com/

Foundry Kelowna
(mental health wellness centre for parents and youth)
https://foundrybc.ca/kelowna/

Local therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/bc/kelowna

Local depression therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/bc/kelowna

Local anxiety therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/bc/kelowna

Physical health

Interior Health Authority
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/Pages/default.aspx

Find a local chiropractor
https://members.bcchiro.com/code/find.php

Find a local registered massage therapist
https://www.rmtbc.ca/find-rmt

Find a local physiotherapist
https://bcphysio.org/find-a-physio

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia – Interior Region
https://alzheimer.ca/en/bc/We-can-help/Regional-Resource-Centres/Interior-Region

BC Cancer – Kelowna
https://bccancerfoundation.com/why-give/BC-cancer-centre/Kelowna

Services for seniors – North Okanagan
(Nexus BC Community Resource Centre)
http://www.northokanaganseniors.ca/

Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre
(Kelowna)
https://seniorsoutreach.ca/

Families and individuals

Child and Family Services office for Kelowna
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/data-monitoring-quality-assurance/find-services-for-children-teens-families/sda-kelowna

Building Healthy Families Society
http://www.buildinghealthyfamilies.ca/

The Bridge Youth & Family Services
https://www.thebridgeservices.ca/

Parent Support Services Society of BC
https://www.parentsupportbc.ca/

Okanagan Boys & Girls Club
http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca/

Okanagan Ability Centre
http://okanaganabilitycentre.com/

The Gay Okanagan Network
http://www.gayokanagan.net/index.html

Reach Out – Youth Counselling & Family Services
http://reachoutyouthcounselling.com/

Connect Counselling & Therapy Society
(formerly The Kelowna Family Centre)
http://www.connectcounsellingsociety.ca/

Local relationship therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/relationship-issues/bc/kelowna

Local divorce therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/bc/kelowna

Local grief counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/bc/kelowna

Emergency support and shelters

Kelowna Women’s Shelter
https://kelownawomensshelter.ca/

Inn from the Cold – Kelowna
https://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/

Kelowna Youth Shelter
http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca/programs/youth-programs-and-support/shelter-housing

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission
https://kelownagospelmission.ca/

Central Okanagan Food Bank
https://cofoodbank.com/

The Armstrong Food Bank
http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca/programs/family-programs-and-support/food-bank

Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services
https://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/police-services/victim-services.aspx

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/bc/kelowna

Employment Services – Thompson-Okanagan
(WorkBC)
https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Labour-Market-Programs/ESS-PROGRAM%E2%80%94Thompson-Okanagan.aspx

YMCA of Okanagan – Employment Services
https://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/Programs/Categories/Employment-Services

Credit Counselling Society – Kelowna
https://creditcounsellingcanada.ca/locations/credit-counselling-society-kelowna/

Newcomers

Kelowna Newcomers Club
https://kelownanewcomers.ca/

Penticton Newcomers Club
https://www.pentictonnewcomers.com/

Newcomer information
(Okanagan Regional Library)
http://www.orl.bc.ca/using-the-library/our-services/for-newcomers

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
https://www.soics.ca/

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre
(local volunteer opportunities)
http://www.volunteercentre.info/

Volunteer Kelowna
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://volunteerkelowna.ca/

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Okanagan)
https://blood.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central and Southern Interior of BC
https://centralsoutherninteriorbc.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan
https://www.habitatforhumanityokanagan.ca/